Capturing the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today and preserve it for future generations.

About the Listening Project The British Library Sound Archive


We are asking people up and down the country to share their thoughts and feelings in a recorded conversation with a loved one or relative. What you talk about is up to you.


The nation in conversation

Iby and Julia - Not Defined by the Holocaust

Iby and Julia - Not Defined by the Holocaust

Station: BBC Radio 4

A granddaughter and grandmother who survived Auschwitz reflect on its impact on them both.

Iby and Carolyn - A Survivor's Secret

Iby and Carolyn - A Survivor's Secret

Station: BBC Radio 4

Fi Glover with a conversation about the lasting impact of facing living death in Auschwitz

Ali and Tammi - Our Grandmothers

Ali and Tammi - Our Grandmothers

Station: BBC Radio 4

Two friends share the stories of their grandmothers, who couldn't have been more different

Andrew and Stephen - Getting Married

Andrew and Stephen - Getting Married

Station: BBC Radio 4

A vicar and his partner plan their wedding in spite of the Church's ban on gay marriage.

Harry Potter and the new school spell - Grace and Marie

Harry Potter and the new school spell - Grace and Marie

Station: BBC Radio Devon

What can Hogwarts teach Grace and Marie about changing schools?

The relapse and the relationship – Nabbs and Maria

The relapse and the relationship – Nabbs and Maria

Station: BBC Radio Devon

Nabbs and Maria discuss drugs, recovery and regret.

Travel Broadens the Mind: Kate and Edwina

Travel Broadens the Mind: Kate and Edwina

Station: BBC Radio Cumbria

Two friends drive 7000 miles in a 4x4 to Beijing in 30 days to raise money for charity.

My brother, your baby – Jane and Marie

My brother, your baby – Jane and Marie

Station: BBC Radio Devon

A mother and daughter discuss the loss of a son and a brother.

No Holding Back: John Paul and Michael

No Holding Back: John Paul and Michael

Station: BBC Radio Scotland

Best friends John Paul and Michael refuse to let disabilities stand in their way.

Peter & Amy - Ronnie's recipes

Peter & Amy - Ronnie's recipes

Station: BBC Radio Ulster

Amy never met her grandfather, but feels she is getting to know him through his recipes.

Get involved

Find out how to be part of the Listening Project and record your own conversation on our FAQ page.

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Artwork for BBCLP: 19 OCT 14

BBCLP: 19 OCT 14

19 Oct 2014

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